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The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22) | Games


The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22) - Games


The question about taxes isn’t really asking Jesus’s opinion on economic systems, it’s trying to trap him. These games play with the idea of questions, the odd pairing of the Herodians and the Pharisees and even give a nudge to what taxes are because sometimes kids get confused on this passage simply by this unknown word.




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Tricky questions – have two hoops or marked spaces and ask the kid(s) a question they may know the answer to and assign two possible answers, one to each marked area. Have the kids run to the answer they think was right. At the end explain that Jesus managed to stand in both hoops in today’s story.

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The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22)| Craft 2


A simple coin silences the Pharisees and Herodians question about taxes and it’s that coin that’s celebrated in this craft. Make your own coin papercraft. It’s a basic paper model but if you have very young children do use card, craft foam, or any thick material in the middle to make it easier. The beauty of this craft is that it carries the message on the coin. The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22)| Craft 2

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The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22) | Character Images


Parable of the Banquet Guests (Luke 14)

Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to the Parable of the Banquet Guests (Luke 14).
Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(Please note : Some images have no watermark but are not copyright free, they are only intended for classroom use.)






Extra’s – (English Only).









The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22)| Craft 1


This craft uses the coins imagery to reinforce the answer Jesus gave about Taxes to the Pharisees and Herodians. Some crafts have pretty outcomes, some are less aesthetically beautiful and more likely to get a ‘wow’ response – this is very much the latter! It’s a little fiddly and if you’d like a simpler craft do check out the alternative one using the links at the end of this post (coming tomorrow). The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22)| Craft 1

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The Question about Taxes (Matthew 22) | Story

Story notes based on Matthew 22 where Jesus answers the question about taxes
If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.

Today’s heroes are the Herodians because they shows us the gift of a coin.

Essential Teachers notes:
This passage shows two groups become unlikely allies. The Herodians are a bit of an unknown factor, we know they wished to restore a member of the Herodian dynasty to the throne in Judea and they fought for political independence but little else. As long as Rome let them fully rule themselves they probably would have been happy. The Pharisees would have found these terms totally offensive, nothing but an offspring of David should rule as king over the land and the only higher authority for their king would have been divine. Bringing the Herodians along for a political question concerning Rome was a clever play, they would have no problem getting Jesus arrested for not paying taxes.

Tell this story or a similar one of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Matthew 22

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